In my opinion

AS CHRISTMAS APPROACHES, BUNYIP JOURNALIST LAURA COLLINS TAKES TIME TO SAY ‘THANKS’ TO THOSE WHO
CONTINUE TO PROVIDE CARE FOR OUR LOVED ONES OVER THE HOLIDAY SEASON.

WHEN thinking about Christmas, we envisage a time for families to gather and share a lovely meal, or laugh through a serious game of backyard cricket, however, for some, it is just another day at the office.

Speaking as a huge Christmas supporter, and one of Santa’s biggest fans, I truly could not imagine spending the day without all of my family members.

For many, though, Christmas will be yet another day of servicing our hospitals, aged care facilities, airports and police stations.

Thinking about it, there are a lot of people who will work to keep South Australia running while we chow down the next mouthful of Christmas lunch.

The appreciation sparked from seeing my older sister endure long stays in hospital over recent years has made me question – who would care for her if hard-working individuals weren’t prepared to spend their Christmas helping?

SA Health regional director Debbie Martin said, fortunately, there are many dedicated staff working over the peak holiday period who will provide support to those in need.

“South Australians who attend our hospitals over Christmas can be assured that they will receive the highest standards of care and that all essential in-hospital and community-based services, such as community nursing, will continue to be delivered,” she said.

“In addition, staff from the Country Referral Unit will be on-call to provide information about and referrals to a range of community health services.”

Christmas Day, for me, this year, will include a day of family fun, but will also see me take my metaphorical hat off to all of those working hard.

To those who keep us safe, provide comfort to our loved ones in times of ill-health, or access to travel – I appreciate you.
When you are ripping open presents on Christmas morning, tucking into a delicious home-cooked lunch or relaxing with a
festive film in the evening, I urge you to remember there are many individuals who are not sharing the same experience.

You are amongst the fortunate who are enjoying the public holiday.

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Growing up in Roseworthy and attending Kapunda High School, Laura joins The Bunyip in June, 2016 whilst completing the final year of a double degree in Journalism and International Relations at University of SA. This is Laura's first role as a Journalist following a stint at Gawler Council in the Communications Department. She will cover the news in the Playford and Mallala council regions. Outside of work, Laura enjoys anything health and well-being related, and can be regularly seen shopping for fresh, healthy produce at local markets.

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